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Senegal will win for the first time in its history, announces Gazan

Senegal will win for the first time in its history, announces Gazan
Senegal will win for the first time in its history, announces Gazan

Every Saturday in RTL’s 7 a.m. newspaper, Florian Gazan embarks on a football bet with humor, irony, provocation, discrepancy but always with information. Saturday January 15, 2022, he announces it in his “Big odds”: it is Senegal who will win the 33rd African Cup of Nations on Sunday February 6.

The favorite of this edition disputed in Cameroon is however Algeria, defending champion, “and undefeated for 35 matches, two small matches from the world record currently held by Italy of Verratti and company, concedes the columnist. To beat it , the ‘Fennecs’ will have to go to the quarter-finals at least.

“But my favorite is the Senegalese, who are called the ‘Lions of Teranga’, continues Florian Gazan. ‘Teranga’ which in Wolof means ‘hospitality’, because the Senegalese like to receive. And would especially like to receive this trophy which they have never won before: it is the only great African nation with a record as virgin as the forest.

Impressive spine


Florian Gazan

“But this year they have a lot going for them, including their impressive backbone: the goalkeeper Edward Mendy, discovered in Rennes and winner of the last Champions League with Chelsea; the defender Kalidou Koulibaly, trained in Metz, today in Naples; PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye ; and especially in attack Sadio Mané, Liverpool scorer and second highest scorer in Senegal’s history.

“With their teammates, they form the most expensive team in the competition, valued by the reference site Transfertmarkt, at some 340 million euros, further underlines Florian Gazan. That is to say. They also won their first match on Monday against Zimbabwe (1-0) despite 11 Covid players.

Over the last six editions of the CAN, there have been six different winners


Florian Gazan

Two years ago, Senegal was in the final against Algeria and it was the Algerians who won 1-0. Why wouldn’t there be an bis repetita? “Because in the last six editions of the CAN, there have been six different winners, notes the 53-year-old man. So the label of title holder, it weighs a little on the shoulders And then Senegal is rightly undefeated since this defeat against Algeria in 2019“.

If you like Florian Gazan, discover his podcast “Ah Ouais?”

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